So I’ve got a slightly different post today, because…I’m afraid there’s no makeup involved. I know, what a bummer, but I wanted to just have a little chat with you guys. Talking is fun right? Also, I want to keep some variety in my blog; although makeup is one of my favourite things in the world, week after week of eyeshadow can maybe get a bit boring for me and you! So today I’m stretching my vocal muscles for a little life reflection. Because that’s always good for the soul.
So the new year has been with us for a month now. And I think it’s safe to say that we all had bigggggg expectations for 2017. 2016 was…well, while it did have it’s positives, it wasn’t a good year for me, and I know it wasn’t for a lot of other people too. And as it approached, we reached for 2017 with eager fingers, ready to grasp a fresh start with a bang. But so far I think it’s just been a bit of a flop.
While I can say I’ve definitely had some good moments to make me happy, the overall atmosphere of January has been a bit drab. Happy moments punctuated with rainy days and not enough work to go around, I’ve found myself at a bit of a loss as to what to do. And this leads to being a bit miserable and grumpy and generally backing myself into a corner of doom and gloom. Which, once emerging from this dark corner, I realise is mostly self inflicted. And I know this can be a bit of a theme for lots of people in January, as in general it’s a pretty shitty month. But now February is here, the days are getting longer and slightly less freezing, and it’s time we shove on some rose-tinted sunglasses and make the most out of the situation we have. Because a change of attitude can do the world of good.
After I realised I was being a misery guts, and making myself not very fun to be around, I decided to be pro-active about the situation and kick start my butt into some positivity. This basically means forcing myself to be happy and thinking positively. And it’s amazing that the more you convince yourself you’re having a good time, you realise you actually are. Dog walks, for instance. Walking a dog in the dark and the rain isn’t a fun experience, especially when it’s 6:30 in the morning and you’d much rather be wrapped in your duvet. But when you stop thinking about how creepy it is and that you can’t move because you’re wearing 5 layers of clothing, it can be quite pleasant. It’s peaceful, your dog is cute, and it sets you up for being quite productive for the rest of the day. Tired, but productive. And since I’ve remembered how much I love my dog and taking her out, walks have stopped being a chore and started being a refreshing break in my day.
It’s this ‘look on the bright side’ attitude that has helped me stop being such a miserable old fart. Bored because I haven’t socialised in a while? Bloody well go out and see your friends then. Not working enough? Do something about it, find another job. Feeling unfit? Exercise! It’s so easy to fall into a routine that makes us unhappy, but also equally as easy to break this routine. January can get tiresome because we’re all poor because of Christmas and the weather is miserable, and it’s easy to let this feeling carry on into February, but the more you fight it the easier it is to make it go away. Go out and treat yourself to hot drinks in a cosy cafe; I know if you walked into my cafe on a quiet rainy Monday I’d be more than happy to have a chat! Take pictures of nature, watch your favourite film with ice cream, have a get together with your friends. Don’t allow yourself to be miserable, and before you know it March will be here and Spring will start and the world will be sunny and bright again.
Most importantly, remind yourself constantly that it’s just a bad week. Life doesn’t suck, you can make it to the weekend and you don’t hate your whole entire life (believe me I’ve had this argument with myself plenty of times). The gloom will clear and you’ll wonder what you were ever sad about. So just keep going; there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and you’ll get there in no time.
So that’s all I’ve got to say for this post guys. I hope you liked it, I know it’s different but different can be good! Before I go, I do have something else to mention. I follow the lovely Georgie Aldous on Twitter, and he’s working hard to get more males on makeup campaigns and ads. This is so important, because makeup is for everyone, and boys across the world need to know that they can wear what they want and look fabulous if they want to; glitter cut creases aren’t just for the ladies! If you’ve got a minute, please go and sign this petition [Here]; every signature is one step closer to reaching the goal. And if not that, even just RT it on twitter; every little thing helps. Go check out @georgiealdous on Twitter to see what he’s about, and see where the petition started! Thank you for taking the time to read this, and thank you Georgie for fighting for such an important cause in today’s society.
I really am done now, so I’ll wrap this post up. I’ll be back soon, with something makeup related (probably). I love your faces, thank you for reading! Until next time, much love,